Him: “We met at a Christmas party in Taiwan. She was studying Chinese, I was a biochemical science major, and we were members of a friendship and cultural exchange club between Japan and Taiwan. I sat next to her at the party and we became Facebook friends. That’s it. Didn’t speak to each other again for another half a year until I decided to go on a trip to Japan.”

Her: “I was born and raised in Japan, although my parents are both Taiwanese. That’s why I went to Taiwan to study Chinese. His message came out of the blue. He was asking for recommendations in Osaka but I’m from way up north in Fukushima so I hesitated at first. But he seemed like a nice guy, so I did some research and gave him a few suggestions. After a while, we decided to meet over coffee and then started seeing each other on a regular basis.”

Him: “That was four years ago, back in 2015. We got married last year.”

Her: “What I love about him is his kindness. He’s a true gentleman. The only thing is he’s forgetful, which can actually be a good thing (especially after fights). The following day, it’s all forgotten. We can start with a clean slate.”

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